Managing Principal Susan Tierney Coauthors Energy Chapter for National Climate Assessment

January 23, 2013

Managing Principal Susan Tierney was a convening lead author on the third National Climate Assessment, which was released for public comment on January 11, 2013. Dr. Tierney's chapter, "Energy Supplies and Use," conveys the potential effects that extreme weather events, increased temperatures, scarce water availability, and sea level rise will have on energy infrastructure, energy use, and the economy. According to the chapter, "A key challenge to understanding the nature and intensity of climate impacts on future energy systems is the amount of uncertainty regarding future choices about energy technologies and their deployment. An evolving energy system is also an opportunity to develop an energy system that is less vulnerable to climate change."

Released through the U.S. Global Change Research Program as required by Congress, the draft report concludes that climate change is causing heat waves, droughts, and other changes in the United States, and could increase temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit under high greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. Under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, the National Climate Assessment synthesizes and summarizes the science and information about current and future impacts of climate change in the United States. The current draft report will be reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences and is available for public comment until April 12, 2013.

Read the draft report

Read the "Energy Supplies and Use" chapter

Read about the report release